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Entries by Paul Abrams from 07/2011

Debt Ceiling Strategy for Democrats

| Posted 07.02.2011 | Politics

Democrats should take a page out of the Republican playbook: Fashion their own debt-ceiling bill in collaboration with the White House, pass it in the Senate under reconciliation, and then put the House under enormous pressure.

Debt Ceiling Just as Predicted! Now, Critical Next Steps

| Posted 07.14.2011 | Politics

Now that the Republicans have heeded their Wall Street paymasters, there is even more reason for the Senate to pass its original Senate Budget Committee plan.

McConnell Plan Unconstitutional... Or Unnecessary

| Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics

McConnell's proposal to cede Congressional power to the president is itself unconstitutional for the same reason that the line-item veto was unconstitutional. Congress does not have the power to cede its power to the executive branch.

1937, 2011: Déjà Vu All Over Again -- Stimulus Wanes, Unemployment Increases

| Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

One of the reasons the U.S. economy did so well in the last half of the 20th century is that we ignored ideology in favor of pragmatism. That is no longer true. Ideology has again become fashionable. And, we are paying for it, dearly.

Willful Blindness?

| Posted 07.21.2011 | Media

The Murdochs were indeed grief-stricken about something -- they were caught. Were their expressions of grief and disgust about hacking, and their sympathies for the targets, credible?

Congress Must Eliminate Its Own Pensions, Reduce Its Salaries -- Before Cutting a Dime From Middle Class Entitlements

| Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics

Dear Members of Congress: You pay yourselves a whopping $174,000 per year, and healthcare and nice cushy pensions. Sorry, girls and boys, but we cannot afford it anymore.

A "Revenue-less" Reid Plan Must Add One Strategic Tax Cut -- Extend the Sunset Date on the Bush Tax Cuts, Except the Top Bracket

| Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics

If Democrats are going to cave entirely to the Republicans, they at least ought to accomplish a strategic goal: separate the Bush tax cuts for the top bracket from all the other brackets.

Obama's Speech Potential Game-Changer... But Only if He Follows Through

| Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

President Obama, finally, did what I had thought he would do on all big issues when I supported and worked for his election: he went over the heads of Congress and the DC-elite and appealed directly for public pressure.

Constitution Prohibits 'Deadbeat Nation'

| Posted 07.28.2011 | Politics

One cannot brandish one's fealty to the Constitution and, at the same time, refuse to make the money available to pay our financial obligations. The latter is unconstitutional.